x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Man tried to get UK visa with 'forged airline ticket'

A man tried to obtain a tourist visa for the UK with a forged airline ticket, a court hears.

DUBAI // A man tried to obtain a tourist visa for the UK with a forged airline ticket, a court has heard.

Prosecutors say MS, 38, a Pakistani dressmaker, presented his visa application on October 13 last year, attached to a photocopy of an Emirates e-ticket that had been falsified.

Consular officials investigated the ticket's veracity and found that MS was not registered in the airline's system. The incident was reported to Al Rifaa police, who arrested him, Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance was told.

Police and prosecution investigators say the ticket was an altered copy of an e-ticket issued to another person travelling to a different destination.

Prosecutors presented a witness who said he was MS's former employer, and that the man had illegally left his job three years ago.

"I owned a travel agency named Pan Globe Travels that operated for five months in 2007, and I registered a complaint against my employees who had absconded, including MS," the witness, an immigration officer, said.

MS is charged with attempted fraud, forgery of an official document and use of the forged document. The case was adjourned until next month.

 

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